Venetia Dearden grew up in Somerset and retains a strong affinity with its landscape and people. Her photographs of local families living close to the land first brought her work to international attention in 2008, on publication of her book “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams” 2008. Her work is carefully aimed to provoke a feeling, an experience. The honesty of her own response to the people and landscapes she encounters brings a strength and directness to her evocative imagery.

A committed photographer, she has since published three other books and been the recipient of several prestigious awards; “Glastonbury, Another Stage”, 2010 a seven year study of the largest performing Music and Arts Festival in the UK, “Mulberry”, 2011 the result of a two year collaboration with the British Brand and her most recent work,  and “Eight Days’, 2011, the exploration of freedom and the American road trip which marks a further development at Venetia’s approach to photographing people and landscapes.

Venetia moved seamlessly into filmmaking in 2011 and has embraced directing motion. With a passion for storytelling and capturing the intimacies of friendship and kinship on film, her projects combine both a strong narrative and beautiful visual grammar. She is currently working on her first feature, whilst raising her young family in Somerset. 

Venetia is represented by

Exhibitions and Awards

PhotoVogue Exhibition Milan, 2016

Fix Photo Fair, London 2016

‘Glastonbury Another Stage’, The Whitecloth Gallery, Leeds 2014

‘On the Road’, Organ Vida Festival . Zagreb, 2013,

‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’ Bang Wallop, Salcombe, UK 2013

‘Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams’ Espace Jorg Brockmann Gallery, Switzerland 2012

‘Somerset Stories’ Focale Gallery, Switzerland, 2012

‘Eight Days’ Noordelicht Photofestival, Netherlands, 2012

‘Somerset Stories’ PhotoAumnales Festival, France, 2012

‘Eight Days’ VII Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 2012

‘Eight Days’ Recontres D’Arles Book Awards, 2012

Awarded the Vic Odden award by the Royal Photographic Society, 2011

Judges the Taylor Wessing Photographic Awards, National Portrait Gallery, 2011

‘Eight Days’ Coldharbour Gallery, London, 2011

Publication of Eight Days by Kehrer Verlag, 2011

Solo exhibition at the VII Gallery, Brooklyn, New York2010

Solo exhibition at Raw Gallery, Australia, 2010

Solo exhibition at Edel Assanti, London, 2010

Publication of Mulberry’s 40th anniversary book, 2010

Solo exhibition, ‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2010 Publication of ‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’, Kehrer Verlag, 2010

Publication of ‘Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams’, by Kehrer Verlag, 2008

Won the Photographic Prize at ITSPHOTO Awards, Trieste, Italy, 2008

Selected for Portrait Awards 2007, National Portrait Gallery, 2007

Selected for Peek 2007 Awards, USA, 2007

Selected for Schwepps Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, 2006

Solo exhibition of Portraits selected by the National Portrait Gallery, London, 2005

Postgraduate Course in Photojournalism, LCP, London, 1999-2000MA in the studies of Comparative Religion, Anthropology and History of Art, 1994-1998

Published Books

“Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams”, 2008, A five year study of the area I grew up in Somerset, UK 

“Glastonbury, Another Stage”, 2010, a seven year study of the largest performing Music and Arts Festival in the UK

“Mulberry”, 2011, the result of a two year collaboration with the British Brand to celebrate their 40th anniversary. 

‘Eight Days’, 2011, An exploration of freedom and the American road trip.

“Notes from Late Summer”, 2015,  a diary of a trip to Tangiers, with  Elena Prentice and Gustave de Stael.


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125, 6 Mois, American Vogue, British Vogue, Departures Magazine, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Le Monde, Marie Claire Italy, MSF (Doctors without Borders), New York Magazine, Nido, Stern Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, W Magazine, Vogue Bambini.